Xi'an Shopping

Xi'an is an excellent place to pick up souvenirs and antiques, which are generally cheaper and more varied than in Beijing, though prices have to be bartered down and the standard of goods, especially from tourist shops, is sometimes of poor quality. Also note that many of the antiques sold are fake. Shopping is also an enjoyable evening activity, since the markets and department stores are open until 10PM. There are many big shopping centers, department stores and supermarkets in and around the city, centered mainly along Dong Dajie, Nan Dajie and Jiefang Lu.

  • Interesting Souvenir Items
  • Souvenir Stores
  • Shopping Areas
  • Department Stores in Xi'an
  • Art & Jewelry Stores in Xi'an
  • Bookstores in Xi'an

  • Interesting Souvenir Items

    Calligraphy Rubbings

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    Xi'an is a store house of ancient Chinese culture and calligraphy. There are more than 300 steles dating from the Han, Wei, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties collected in the Forest of Steles in Xi'an. Books of the rubbings from some of the most famous Chinese calligraphers can be purchased there. If you are interested in Chinese history, language, or calligraphy, then this is an excellent opportunity to enrich your collection of calligraphic rubbings.

    Learn Chinese Language in ChinaFolk Paintings
    One fantastic and very special type of souvenir from Xi'an is a local folk painting. The local folk painters have borrowed the line drawing techniques of traditional Chinese brush painting and drawn inspiration from cultural and historical figures, animals, flowers and birds.

    These eye-catching and colorful paintings overflow with the atmosphere of Chinese country life and are widely enjoyed by travelers to Xi'an. Great folk paintings can be purchased at most tourist attractions from street vendors and in small shops nearby.

    Study Abroad in ChinaGreen Porcelain
    Green Porcelain (Qing Ciqi) is method of making porcelain which originated in the Song Dynasty. Lifelike animals and flowers are the major decorative themes and the most common colors of this porcelain are blue and green.

    Useful and durable, yet also elegant and pretty, this porcelain has many uses and forms. Green Porcelain is especially favored as a material for making tea pots. A good place to buy Green Porcelain is in the gift shop at the Forest of Steles.

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    Paper cutting is an extremely popular folk art in the Shaanxi Province villages. On days of celebration such as holidays and weddings, villagers like to decorate the doors and windows of their homes with colorful paper cuttings. 

    The designs of the paper cuttings are rich and varied, but they always feature symbols of good luck and happiness as the main theme. Other secondary themes include landscape scenes, legends and myths, and folk stories. These folk paper cuttings are usually inexpensive, but you should still bargain.

    Tang Pottery Replicas

    Learn Chinese at Top Chinese UniversitiesXi'an's proud tradition as the capital of the Tang Dynasty is kept alive today by modern day replicas of Tang Dynasty pottery. Tang Dynasty pottery, with its distinctive blue, green, and yellow color glazes is still hand-made as it was during the Tang. Common themes include figurines and ceramic camels and horses.

    Because of this revival in the art of Tang style pottery, buyers should be wary of any shop owners or hawkers that claim their pottery to be "old". Just a reminder! The Tang Dynasty was from about 600 to 900 AD. That would make any genuine Tang Dynasty pieces out of the reach of any ordinary modern day shop.

    Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Warriors

    There are many different types of replicas of Terracotta Warriors and they are available as souvenirs, from a few inches tall to life-size. But buyers beware; the life-sized statues cost a fraction of the price to make, so be careful about what you are willing to pay. And remember, you can probably bargain on the prices of these items.

    Souvenir Stores in Xi'an

    Rongsheng Zhai
    It is a government operated workshop making the imitation of terra-cotta warriors.
    Address: Shili Pu, Xi'an
    Opening hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Gift Shop of South Gate of City Wall
    This is designated tourist gift shop featuring curios and seal engraving.
    Address: South Gate of City Wall, Xi'an
    Opening hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Shopping Areas

    Shu Yuan Men (The Arts Street )

    Under the ancient city wall behind the Forest of Steles in Xi'an, there is a well-known street in the style of ancient towns - Shu Yuan Men. Beiyuanmen and Huajue Xi'ang (the alley that runs off to the Great Mosque), are the places to go for small souvenirs like engraved chopsticks, teapots, and chiming balls.

    Another grouping of tourist spots are scattered along Shuyuanmen, a cobbled street just east of the south gate. Both sides of the slab stone road are lined with buildings in the Ming and Qing styles. Various arts and crafts are sold on this crowded street, as well as historical relics, calligraphy, paintings, antiques, jewels, and folk art. Reproduction of Terra-cotta warriors and horses are also available, from a few inches tall to life-size. Prices range greatly as well, from 1 US dollar to several thousand dollars for the largest statues.

    Xi'an Antique Market

    Xi'an Antique Market is located at the intersection of Zhuque Lu and Nan Erhuan Lu (Southern 2nd Ring Road) near the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. From large furniture to small coins, the market contains every possible antique to collectors, but be aware of all the replicas.

    Wenbaozhai Tour Shopping Center

    Wenbaozhai Tour Shopping Center of Xi'an is one of the earliest fixed tour shops for foreign travelers of the northwest region. Dealers sell silk rugs, woolen blankets, silk clothing, jewels, jade articles, calligraphy, paintings, historical relics, antiques, model clay figures of warriors and horses, and bronze cars and horses. This place is located at No. 5 Yanta Lu Zhongduan, Xi'an.

    Department Stores in Xi'an

    Kaiyuan Shopping Mall
    As one of the largest shopping centers in Xi'an, the nice shopping surroundings and reasonable prices make for a pleasant shopping experience.
    Address: Dongda Jie, Xi'an
    Tel: (8629) 8723-5382
    Opening hours: 9:00 am - 8: 30 pm

    Mingsheng Department Store
    It's the oldest department store in Xi'an. However it's been renovated in recent years and has taken a new look.
    Address: Jiefang Road, Xi'an
    Tel: (8629) 8748-1746
    Opening hours: 9:00 am - 8: 30 pm

    Xi'an Ginwa Shopping Center
    It boasts the largest and most expensive shopping center. A lot of world famous brands available.
    Address: The Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, Xi'an
    Opening hours: 9:00 am - 8: 30 pm

    Parkson Shopping Center
    Xi'an Luck Parkson: No. 119 Dong Dajie (Opposite the Hyatt Regency Hotel), Xi'an
    Xi'an Shidai Parkson: Shidai Shengdian Plaza, Xi Dajie, Xi'an
    Xi'an Chang'an Parkson: No. 38 Chang'an Zhong Lu, Xi'an

    Xi'an Home Club Shopping Plaza
    It's the biggest supermarket in the city with a great variety of local and overseas products, including fresh and frozen food, fruits, vegetables, wines and household goods.
    Address: Taoyuan Road, Xi'an
    Tel: (8629) 8428-9944
    Opening hours: 9:00 am - 8: 30 pm

    Yi Chu Lian Hua ( Lotus Supercenter ) TangYan Store
    Address: No. 3 Tangyan Lu (Southwest Suburb), Xian
    Opening hours: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm

    Jia Shi Jie
    Opening hours: 9:00 am - 9:00

    • South Gate Branch (Downtown) is situated in Fen Xi'ang, Nan Dajie
    • Chang'an Lu Branch (South Suburb) is located at the northeast corner of the crossing of Shida Lu and Chang'an Lu
    • Jin Hua Lu Branch (East Suburb) is situated near the crossing of Changle Lu and Jinhua Lu
    • Lian Hu Branch (West Suburb) is located at the southwest of the crossing of Daqing Lu and Taoyuan Lu
    • North Suburb Branch is located along the Bei Erhuan Lu (Northern 2nd Ring Road)
    • Nan Erhuan Branch is situated along the Nan Erhuan Lu (Southern 2nd Ring Road)
    Art and Jewelry Stores in Xi'an

    Xi'an has a strong artistic pedigree, and the paintings and jewelry available here are much more varied in style than those you see elsewhere. As well as the line and wash paintings of legendary figures, flowers and animals that you see everywhere, look for bright, simple folk paintings, usually of country scenes. A traditional Shaanxi art form, appealing for their decorative, flat design and lush colors, these images were popular in the 1970s in China for their idealistic, upbeat portrayal of peasant life.

    Farmer's Paintings
    There is a good selection in the shop just behind the small wild goose pagoda
    Address: Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Youyi West Road, Xi'an
    Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Shaanxi Art Museum
    Address: Chang'an Road, Xi'an
    Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

    Tang Dynasty Art Museum
    Address: Yangta Rd., Xi'an
    Opening Hours: 9:00 am ¨C 6:00 pm

    Xi'an Jade-Making Center
    This is Xi'an largest jade making workshop. A rich variety of jade and jadeite are available.
    Address: Dong'er Huan Road, Xi'an
    Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Silk Embroidery Factory
    This is a factory with more than thirty years history. It features silk rugs and embroidered items.
    Address: Dongxing Street, Xi'an
    Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Bookstores in Xi'an

    Foreign Language Bookstore
    Address: No. 347 Dongda Jie, Xi'an
    Tel: (8629) 8721-2197
    Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 8: 30 pm

    Xinhua Book Store
    This is the largest bookstore in Xi'an.
    Address: Dongda Jie, Xi'an
    Tel: (8629) 8721-6194
    Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 8: 30 pm

    Xi'an Old Book Store
    A large selection of old books both in Chinese and English are available.
    Address: Nanyuan Gate, Xi'an
    Tel: (8629) 8721-1095
    Opening Hours: 8:30 am ¨C 10 pm

    NOTE: Although this information is correct at the time of our web publication, it is still advised that you call the phone number and confirm the address before going to the venue because some venues may have changed their telephone numbers or address locations.